Snow, sleet and freezing rain: Winter storm will pack punch; deep freeze to follow

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A significant winter storm is expected to bring snow, sleet and freezing rain to Connecticut before finally freezing over creating extremely dangerous conditions.

The National Weather Service issued a storm warning for Litchfield County and a winter storm warning for Fairfield County ahead of the storm which is expected to roll in Saturday afternoon through Sunday evening. 

The National Weather Service is warning that travel could be very difficult at any point during the storm. Rapidly falling temperatures Sunday afternoon into the evening could cause any standing water to quickly freeze over. They say strong wind gusts Sunday afternoon into the night could bring down tree limbs and power lines. 


 

Saturday night's storm is expected to last into Sunday and will bring either moderate to heavy snow. 

News 12 meteorologists say snow will begin before 1 a.m. on Saturday then snow and sleet between 1 a.m. and 4 a.m., then rain and sleet after 4 a.m. Temperatures will rise to around 33 degrees by 4 a.m. with wind gusts as high as 31 mph. The chance of precipitation is 100 percent and new snow and sleet accumulation of 2 to 4 inches are possible.

Sunday is expected to see rain, freezing rain, and sleet before 1 p.m, then snow, freezing rain, and sleet likely between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., then a chance of snow after 4 p.m. Temperatures will dramatically fall to around 25 degrees by 5 p.m. Monday morning everything is expected to freeze over when temperatures take a nose dive into the single digits.

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Monday's morning commute could be extremely icy as a result of rain which will freeze overnight.

Check back with News 12 for the very latest forecast information.

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